The Little Tabby Who Begged for Help
PLEASE READ THIS!! Then do something to help -- get your own cats spayed & neutered; convince your neighbors, relatives, friends, AND strangers to do likewise; support the efforts of individuals and organizations . . .   you CAN make a difference!!
Marcelle Thompson
http://www.svn.net/elle/tabby.htm

 

Feral Cat Coalition
... an organization that traps and spays/neuters feral cats, then returns them to their caretakers. Provides facts, ways to become involved, and LINKS to additional information (including Fact Sheets from Alley Cat Allies and Articles by Sarah Hartwell).
Feral Cat Coalition
http://www.feralcat.com/

 

The Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon
This group is dedicated to humanely reducing Oregon's Feral Cat Population through spaying and neutering and educating the public about the plight of Feral Cats. Site includes lots of info, clinic schedule, etc.
The Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon
http://feralcats.com/

 

The Feral Cat Connection
This group of volunteers in Houston (Texas) is creating a network of individuals who share the common goal of loving and caring for feral cats and kittens and offering them a chance for the best life possible.
Karen A. Skelding
http://www.geocities.com/spddemun/

 

KitKat's Singapore Hedge Cats
Read the eloquent memorial to THE STRAYS OF SINGAPORE! Read her true not-just-for-children's story: Little Missy as well as Missy's Story which inspired it. Then learn how YOU can build an internet animal welfare campaign.
Janalee Faucher
http://www.actioncat.com/singapore.html

 

By Feral, do you mean wild????
What is a Feral Cat colony and how on earth do they ever get started? Just one more example of why spaying and neutering is so essential!
The Homeless Cat Network
http://www.safehavenforcats.com/colonies.htm

 

What is a Feral Cat?
Information about the The Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project in Seattle, WA provided by the Progressive Animal Welfare Society.
The Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project
http://www.paws.org/shelter/feral/  

 


Enclosures

 

The Backyard Fence
While not specifically for ferals, this fence design may give you some ideas of ways to provide a safe haven for any cats who are ever outside.
Lisaviolet's Cat House
http://www.lisaviolet.com/cathouse/backyard.html

 

Do-It-Yourself Cat Fence
Instructions for building a cat fence (or adding to an existing one), from a Fact Sheet by Alley Cat Allies. Please remember that cats are still "in danger" in a backyard if unsupervised; so, if you're considering this for your indoor kitties, keep an eye on them just as you would with toddlers!! Remember: the fence may keep your cats IN, but it may not keep other beasties (or people) OUT.
Feral Cat Coalition
http://www.feralcat.com/fence.html

 

How to Build Your Own Cat Shelter/Feeding Station
This is a clearly written set of directions for making a basic cat shelter/feeding station, including a list of required materials and necessary tools. Several of these are currently in use by Friends of Campus Cats at the University of Washington.
Matthew Moore
http://www.campuscats.org/articles/shelter.html

 

 

Caring for Orphaned Kittens

 

Sue Freeman's Guide to Orphaned Kittens
Brief overview with important advice for dealing with orphaned, nursing kittens. Also see the Guide to Rescue Cats for more info and guidelines for the novice cat rescue person.
Sue Freeman
http://www.rescueguide.com/orphkits.html

 

How do you raise a newborn?
Jeri Dopp's informative article will, hopefully, convince you that YOU CAN! Includes EVERYTHING you need to know to successfully serve as a foster mom or dad.
The Homeless Cat Network
http://www.safehavenforcats.com/newborn.htm

 

Hand Raising Tiny Kittens
Needless to say, the best one to raise kittens is their own mother (or another cat), but if YOU are the designated "Mama Cat" you may find these tips and suggestions helpful. Includes; how to build an incubator; how to feed, stimulate elimination, and deal with diarrhea or constipation; introduce solid food, etc.
Foothill Felines
http://www.hdw-inc.com/tinykitten.htm

 

Caring for Newborns & Orphans
this page provides an annotated collection links on raising orphan kittens, socializing feral kittens, weaning, etc. as well as important considerations when raising very young, motherless kittens.
Linda Tally
http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Pointe/9352/owners.html#Newborns

 

 

Rehabilitation and Taming

 

How to Help a Feral Cat in Houston
Includes excellent info for ANYONE dealing with ferals; includes tips for trapping, low-cost spay/neuter (and why kitty abortion is the HUMANE choice for pregnant cats). The section, TAMING A FERAL CAT, provides an excellent overview of how to tame feral kittens and (YES!!) even adult ferals; you can also read about Scaredy Cat's progress.
Julie Grob
http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Pointe/9322/

 

Trapping/Socializing - Can you do it?
Of-course you can! Here are some suggestions for how to do it!! Includes some tricks for trapping those "tough to catch" kitties successfully, as well as specific hints for socializing a kitty if you choose to make it an indoor family member instead of returning it to its colony.
Jeri Dopp
http://www.safehavenforcats.com/trap..htm

 

 

Spay/Neuter

 

The Feral Cat Contraceptive Vaccine
A real chance to solve the homeless cat problem -- humanely.
Michelle Meister-Weisbarth, a student at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, has developed a genetically engineered bacterium that can be used as an oral contraceptive to control the unwanted cat population. This page provides info in Q-A format.
Dr. Stephen Boyle
http://www.actioncat.com/control.html  

 

Low cost or free spay/neuter programs in the U.S.
The Love That Cat Store provides this well-organized state-by-state listing of spay/neuter programs throughout the country; includes addresses and phone numbers.
Lynne Motley
http://www.lovethatcat.com/spayneuter.html

 

Rehab-a-Cat
An organization in the New Haven area that provides assistance for feral trap-neuter-release programs (including discounted veterinary services and trap loans). The site includes statistics and information for people interested in assisting feral and stray cats.
Rehab-a-Cat Feral Trap, Neuter & Release Program
http://www.bayarea.net/~stenor/rehabacat/

 

Campus Cat Coalition
.... a volunteer organization whose sole purpose is to stabilize the feral (untamed) cat population on the University of Texas campus by utilizing the nationally known "trap-neuter-return" method.
Campus Cat Coalition The University of Texas at Austin
http://www.ae.utexas.edu/cats/index.html

 

Friends of Campus Cats
Learn about the rescue work and services provided by this Seattle-based group which is Dedicated to the rescue and humane management of feral cats on the University of Washington campus. Articles and information are provided, including past issues of Up Your Alley, as well as annotated links to other resources. The article, HOW TO BUILD YOUR OWN CAT SHELTER/FEEDING STATION by Matthew Moore, with a materials list and construction tips, is available.
Sharon Talbert & Diana Dyer
http://www.campuscats.org/

 

Stanford Cat Network
The Stanford Cat Network is a nonprofit organization comprised of Stanford staff, students, faculty and community volunteers. By agreement with the University, the Stanford Cat Network is responsible for the care of all free-roaming cats on campus. Tame cats can be adopted and unsocialized cats are humanely trapped and sterilized. The Newsletter provides articles and resources as well as a Lost and Found section.
Stanford Cat Network; Stanford University; Palo Alto, California

 

 

Trap-Alter-Return

 

Trap, Alter, Return
Excellent overview along with well-organized, hyperlinked resources. Visit WARM FUZZY'S for current feral colony info in Kansas City.
Joyce Maser
http://www.warmfuzzys.org/tar.htm

 

Trap - Alter - Release
A report, including statistics and references, showing the fiscal wisdom of spaying/neutering feral cats rather than continually euthanizing their offspring. Based on research conducted by the National Pet Alliance.
The Cat Fanciers' Association
http://www.cfainc.org/articles/trap-alter-release.html

 

Alley Cat Allies
Advocates a trap-neuter-return program that stabilizes populations, reduces birth rates and improves the overall health of the colony. Site provides info including an excellent article, Guidelines to Trap, Neuter and Return, to inform those currently working with feral cat populations as well as those exploring the possibility.
Alley Cat Allies
http://www.alleycat.org/

 

Stray Cats & Feral Cats
Havahart provides info concerning the effect of stray cats on the environment and ways to help exclude, remove or repel unowned felines. IncludesTrapping Tips as well as instructions for all models of Havahart products. Join the mailing list to get 10% off all purchases from their on-line store!
Woodstream Corporation, makers of Havahart Live Cage Traps
http://www.havahart.com/nuisance/cats/cats.htm

 

Tomahawk Live Trap
Great prices (including discounts for 6+ traps) and detailed info about their products.
Tomahawk Live Trap
http://www.livetrap.com/

 

HUMANE TRAPPING INSTRUCTIONS
Step-by-step instructions for trapping ferals and transporting them for spay/neuter surgery; suggestions are also included for working with mother cats and their kittens.
The Cat Network
http://www.thecatnetwork.org/trapping.html

 

National Pet Alliance - Study Reports
These NPA Studies provide the facts and figures to support the efficacy of such programs as Trap-Test-Alter (TTVAR) in the reduction of pet overpopulation.
National Pet Alliance
http://www.fanciers.com/npa/studies.html

 

The Race To Outpace Feral Cat Over-Population
Text from a symposium presentation by Linda Kelson, Feral Cat Coalition Board Member, which includes a detailed description of the super-efficient, high-volume approach the Feral Cat Colalition (FCC) takes at their monthly sterilization clinics.
Feral Cat Coalition
http://www.feralcat.com/kelson.html

 

Cat Licensing: Analysis of Claims
Rebuttal of claims made advocating licensing or otherwise regulating cat ownership.
CAT FANCIERS' ALMANAC:   San Francisco SPCA Position Statement
http://www.cfainc.org/articles/sfspca.html

 

The American Feral Cat Problem
An article by Sarah Hartwell which advocates "kill the problem, not the cats".
Sarah Hartwell / Feline Advisory Bureau
http://www.feralcat.com/sarah3.html

 

The Right to Life
Information and links to organizations addressing the problem of homeless cats.
Franny Syufy
http://catlovers.miningco.com/library/weekly/aa091997.htm

 

Hands-On Handbook -- Feral Cats
Suggests positive approaches to dealing with this challenging issue.
The Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)
http://www.paws.org/shelter/feral/

 

Guide to Rescue Cats
Including Lists, Information, and Common Sense.   Sue Freeman provides a clear guide whether you're new or already quite familiar with the issues of dealing with feral cats. Includes useful info on all the aspects from rescuing and taming feral cats and kittens to managing feral colonies.
Sue Freeman
http://www.rescueguide.com/